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UK: PM and 280 MPs participate in National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast in the UK, an annual event organized by Christians associated with the Parliament All-Party Parliamentary Group, saw a remarkable turnout with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and a record-breaking number of 280 Members of Parliament (MPs) in attendance. The event took place in Westminster Hall, where over 700 individuals gathered to engage in prayer, worship, and listen to a keynote address by Dr. Amy Orr Ewing. Dr. Ewing spoke about the importance of forgiveness in public life, aligning with the theme chosen for this year’s event. Prayers were offered for British society, the world, the government and parliamentarians. The prayers were led by Lord Stunell, Lord Weir of Ballyhome, and Carol Monaghan MP. Additionally, Marsha De Cordova MP read from the Gospel of Mark.

Premier Christian News reports:

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and a record number of 280 Members of Parliament (MPs) attended the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, an annual event organized by the Christians in Parliament All-Party Parliamentary Group.

Over 700 people gathered in Westminster Hall on Tuesday to pray, worship and hear Dr. Amy Orr Ewing speak about the significance of forgiveness in public life, the theme of this year’s event.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons kicked off the event welcoming everyone and jokingly sending a message to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

“This year’s theme is power and forgiveness in public life. It’s an immensely important topic in my role as Speaker, I appreciate the need to be able to disagree well, in our political conversations. And of course, I’ve got to say, I hope it’s not as memorable this year, as it was last year. Prime Minister…”

The Speaker referred to Rev Les Isaac’s talk on integrity, which inspired former Health Secretary Sajid Javid to resign, subsequently leading to a wave of Cabinet departures and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation.

Prayers for the government, parliamentarians, British society and the world were led by parliamentarians Lord Stunell, Lord Weir of Ballyhome and Carol Monaghan MP. Marsha De Cordova MP read from the Gospel of Mark before Dr Amy Or Ewing began her address.

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